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How to Speed Up You PC Without Downloading Anything

Updated on May 14, 2013


Speed Up Your PC Without Downloading Anything

Generally speaking, you do not have to download anything to speed up your PC. There are good utilities you can download that make the job much easier. So why wouldn't you download a utility to do it for you? There are a couple answers to this question. Perhaps you cannot access the internet on a specific computer. Perhaps you do not trust the download. Or maybe you just do not like to download things. Well there are a couple ways you can speed up your computer without extra software.

If you do not have anything against downloads, check out my article on speeding up your PC with CCleaner here.

The main two reasons that PCs get slow are 1) unnecessary programs that startup with the computer, and 2) useless or corrupted files that take up space. I will explain how to:

1. Delete Temporary Files

2. Defragment the Computer

3. Remove Unnecessary Programs

4. Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

Unfortunately, another thing that slows computers down is issues with the registry. Windows does not have a utility for fixing or defragmenting the registry. So to fix the registry you need to either edit individual entries, or download registry cleaners or defragmenters.

Step 1: Delete Temporary Files

There are many ways that temporary files show up. Anything you do on the internet leaves temporary files. Most things you do off the internet do to. Windows has a utility to fix this called Disk Cleanup.

To access Disk Cleanup, first open the start menu. Then click All Programs > Accessories > System Tools. Within the system tools folder, you will find Disk Cleanup. Click on that.

The Disk Cleanup will scan your computer. Then a dialogue box with open. In the Files to delete section, check every box. Then click "OK". Click "Delete Files" when asked if you are sure. It will then clean your disk.

Step 2: Defragment the Computer

You computer does not automatically place all files in the best places. Files that should go together, sometimes do not, making them harder to access. This issue is called fragmentation. This slows down your computer because it takes longer for the computer to find files. How much this slows down your computer is no doubt, a topic of debate. But, there is no question that it does. Windows has a deframenter utility.

To access this utility, go back to the System Tools folder within the start menu. In this folder you will find a utility called Disk Defragmenter. Open it.

A dialogue box will open. This box gives you some information. It tells what drives can be defragmented, and when they were last defragmented. Click on the (C:) Disk. Click Defragment Disk, at the bottom of the window. As it is defragmenting, it will show the progress in the progress column of the current status window. After the defragmenting finishes, Close the window.

Step 3: Remove Unnecessary Programs

Extra programs that you do not use just take up space. Many of them will run in the background in hopes that you will one day use them. This can make your computer painfully slow. The two most common types of applications that slow down most PCs are 1) third-party internet browser toolbars, and 2) extra application plugins. In addition, sometimes people will install applications thinking they will use them but never do. Or they install a program for temporary use or to experiment with, then forget to uninstall it. Regardless of the reason, their may be programs you want to install, or do not even know you have, and Windows has a great built in utility to uninstall these programs.

To access this utility, open the start menu and type "Uninstall". There will be a section that says Control Panel. Under that section, there will be a utility that says Uninstall a program. Open it.

Then, the Programs and Features dialogue box will open. Look for programs you do not want, and select them. After they are selected, click Uninstall. For most programs an uninstall wizard will popup. Run through the wizard to uninstall the program. Repeat this process for all programs you do not want.

Step 4: Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

Many programs will start running in the background when you start your computer. This is so that when you want to use the program, it will open much faster. The problem is that every program you install hopes that you will use it everyday. This is another reason you PC may be running so slow. The Windows utility that allows you to disable these programs is called System Configuration (or msconfig).

To access this utility, open the start menu and type msconfig. Open the program named "msconfig". On the System Configuration window, go to the Startup tab. Look through the list for programs that you know what they are, and do not need starting up with the computer. Uncheck all programs you do not need and click Apply. Then click OK.

Step 5: Restart Your Computer

To ensure that each of the previous steps yields permanent changes, restart your computer.


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    • radharenu profile image


      2 years ago from India

      Great tips to speed up old and slow computers! Shared.

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    • TechFuture profile image


      7 years ago

      Great tips! I already know most of these, but it's nice to have them compiled in a hub.

      Check out my comparison of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. It's really interesting to see the differences:

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      Mary Chin 

      7 years ago from Asia

      nice tip, I love CCleaner, it's a great app.

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      7 years ago from Joplin, MO

      Nice article, these are all good tips.


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